F. J. POKOa.
116 WEST 68th ST.
NEW YORK, N. Y.
-. :T r .EAU 1945
F. J. POKORNY
1 15 WEST 68th ST.
NEW YORK, N. Y.
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Class of '45
BOYS IN THE SERVICE
Sophomore Year: Joseph Naka&hlan
Harry Row in sky
Raymond Wein stein
TO THESE BOYS
The CUSS of '45
of tfc* 1.0.0. S.( Ignoble
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the world Imehs at
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Tell us a story,
Uncle Remus, Sir.
LAST ..ILL AND TEETA1C.NT
"According to Mythology, Charon, at the river Styx, required ail
to le< ve their earthly possessions before entering the unknown land.
"lie, tie SENIOR CUSS, e_re now tlso looking forward to tne fut-
ure, ne realize there shall be no room for earthly substance; we must
trhTel lignt. 7nerefore to tne following we leave our megger possessions:
Mr. Anzelmi: .-.n improved Beans of dif.'erenti; ting between 6 copy t.nd t
Prof. A. Taub: A lab assistant who does not borrow matches.
Prof. Libenasn: A usable fire-extinguisher and e lifetime membership
in the Society of Struggling Slopimetrists.
Prof. H. Taub: A comfortable arm— chair and slippers t-nd unrestricted
Prof. Hart: An aseptic, sterile laboratory ana & self -regulating hot-
Br. Di Soama: iJon-inflammable ether aiid non-squeaking snoes.
Dr. "inner: An examinfition that ell stucents can pass.
Dr. Brown: A substitute for s ppositories and a courze in brevity.
Prof, . -msterdam: An electronic device for placing decimal points.
Dr. Lascoif: r. contract to publish hi? no'.es ;-nd t- private phone con-
nection between C.U.C.P. End 8^nd street.
Dr. Hedoen: A ne?? blackboard leap.
Prof. Carter: Our hopes tnet someday he will resume teaching.
Lr. Ball.-rc: .'n enrollment of 600 end an intelligent Senior Clt^s.
Prof. Pokorny: A vocabulary of Chemical formulae.
Dr. Halsey: A package of Cough drops.
Dr. Luthin: A front row of Nylon stockings arid a new administration.
Mr. Harlan: A class of literate students and a free trip to Texas.
Dr. Fialkow: A transparent newspaper for proctoring examinations and
a system of graphic analysis of feminine waves.
Mr. Ingenhuett; A lunch-bag ana e class without hiccups.
To kyrc:. Sid ,.a, cujr 0:1^*0-?, t " i- •• > 9
^ave the :-e3t of our '-sores.
September 12, 1942.
June 21, 1945.
Our first plunge into the pool of deeper education was an almost
disappointing one. Contrary to our expectations of experiencing a sweat
bath, we found that the first year in tuition proved that our intuition
was fallible. College more closely resembled a milk bath.
Math analysis was a subject moat of us found simple, even though
there were functions other than trigonometric to think of. The value of
pi was its effect on salivation, and the priceless ingredient of every
product was the integration of the student. The world we existed in was
bounded oy two cubes, both of which showed from one to six dots on each
face. Dr. Fialkow, who struggled in teaching us the differentiation be-
tween a three-letter -word -for -a -donkey and an elbow, was just about the
nicest instructor we bad (possibly because we were all bigger than he).
Mr. Harlan, who aided and abetted us in homicidal dealings with
George VI" s English, decided that a vacation *ae necessary after he had
trained us in our bout with rhetoric, and enlisted in the Navy. »e hope
that the passage of time will lessen the clarity of his horrible memory
of us and that after the war be will resume his teaching post. The ever
abunaant, though subtle, wit which Mr. Harlan displaced transformed the
otherwise dull s-bject of grammar into a pleasant one. Those who grasp-
ed the subtleties and variegated allusions transmitted with a northern-
ised southern accent, were thus compensated for their pains in rustling
through the ripe leaves of Emery and filling in the work sheets of Kies
et al. ( 'a often wondered what Al' s last name was?).
Contemporary Civilisation, which was definitely not contemporary
and often Beemed contemptuous, officially took us away from our beloved
campus, the ping-pong table, for four full, bard hours a week, and was
tne class which first introduced us to the diversified pleasantries af-
forded oy cutting. Sir. Lutnin ( nor a Ph. D.), a handsome oachelor full
of pinkiBh health, and perpetually arrayed ij natty tweeds, to./, us in-
to the Catacombs of Home and helped us dig under cover of the Dark Ages
until we reached the light and air of the Twentieth Century. Of course,
there were some we&ry souls wbo somehow slumbered sonorously througnout
the fifth repetition of all the erroneoua theories behind the system of
Mercantilism. Often tne tides of educntxon threatened to engulf us, but
those, who seemed to be in desperate need *ere thrown Life Savers. The
ceiling of the room muBt have been peeling paper, for almost constantly
wads of paper fluttered down upon our beads. This is the only explana-
tion which is plausible, for no one could believe teat a fellow-student
might have been the causative agent. However, the occasional twang of a
rubber band has continued to be unexplicable.
Our first year of "General" Introductory Pharmacy was coached by
Horace G. Carter, assisted by Professor Amsterdam. Professor Carter v&s
an excellent lecturer, und what we learned from hie was almost adequate
for all four years of Pharmacy. Professor Amsterdam, the-man-with-the-
Billion-dollar-personality, supervised our lab work and expostulated the
two fundamental principles of Pharmpcyj 1. add wuter and «.. boil.
Professor Amsterdam also lectured in Metrology, also called "The
Study of Wastes and Measures." We were fined, according to e system we
reluctantly agreed on, one cent for each error we made in class recita-
tion, end the proceeds were to buy some treat for the entire class. Be
fore we could spend it, the class treasurer and the $ 1.5<2 irere both at
Dr. Winner's course, Pharmacy Orientation, was just a one hour a
week lecture on the evolution of Pharmacy from the Ebers Papyrus to the
Cut-Rate Drug Store. Everyone who fathomed Dr. Winner's wit, and wasn't
asleep after an important joke, automatically passed.
General Inorganic Chemistry proved pleasant for those who didn't
succumb to the gases. The formation of green precipitates left us deep
in ecstasy and the evolution of HgS was simply out of this world, liich
patience was shown by Mr. Anzelai, but he showed too much understanding
when all but one of the reports handed in were identical except for the
name of the owners. (We still don't know who the traitor was).
After our first year of learning the fine points of table tennis
from the more expert upperdassmen, we tackled the Sophomore Year, and
found it more preponderous than expected. It took a long time to become
accustomed to the daily treks up to the fifth and sixth floors. For the
first time we realised what an "F" signified, and the difference exist-
ing between the red and blue varieties. Kc accumulated so many F's that
we forgot there was more to the alphabet.
Elementary German could not be called difficult, but hitler him-
self should only have heard the pronunciations of some of the students.
Herr Ingenhuett tried to get us to say "ich" properly, but the hiccups
forced us to render it n ik." It. Ingenhuett's mind must have been away
at lunch during class, for frequently he would smack his lips. German
was a very handy class to eat lunch in, for it was uzmoticeable when we
recited with a mouth full of food.
Latin, which is a dead language, almost dragged us along with it
to the grave. The A***'s we occasionally received helped us stagger on-
ward to the final exams. The subject had many of its hilarious moments,
some of them afforded by the slapstick-like stumbling of Dr. Brown upon
the base of the blackboard in room 53. Often Dr. Brown made some slight
mistake in transferring matter from the textbook to the blackboard, and
half an hour of debate was usually necessary to correct it.
Dr. Brown also taught us the meaning of S.A. in Dispensing Phar-
macy I. We made enough pills, troches, and suppositories to win an Army
Navy "E". An excellent machine helped us to turn out unlimited numbers
of perfect troches, but we weren't able to make a cold-mold for suppos-
itories. Within five years after graduation, we'll set up a factory for
making all the suppositories that Dr. Brown can use. Incidentally, it's
been heard that he is heading a campaign for the more widespread appli-
cation of the rectal kind.
Professor Pokorny, the dapper young educator with an office sit-
uated on the fourth floor, was assigned the impossible task of teaching
us botany. It was only natural that we picked up a little about the bee
and bird activities on the side. The expedition to nearby Central Park
revealed the wealth of beauty which abounded amiast steel and concrete.
"Banjoeyes" kept us happy with his clever blackboard illustrations, one
of the best of which was the Story of the Insectivorous Plant. The Pro-
fessor would start off by drawing the unsuspecting insect climbing into
the flov.er; then the insect would be portrayed as intoxicated, and thus
would fint-lly find himself unable to stagger hone to his wife and seven
larvae, entrapped by hi6 o.vn impulsive folly. Ah, what a touching moral
to be derived froa this instance of insect versus jlant. The laboratory
work in Botany was fairly simple j one look through the microscope, one
look at an illustration in the textbook, and one look at what somebody
else was sketching, were all that was necessary before a group of three
could turn out satisfactory drawings.
Zoology lab q'lickly replaced botany, md proved to be nn equally
suitable pl*ce for lab oratory. H. Randolph Halsey, the director of the
butcher shop, used « different pipe for every day in the semester, a nd
his fondness for the cultivated week was evidenced by a throat-clearing
roar after every fourth sentence of a 1-cture. His non-committal basso
profundo "uh-huh," with emphasis on the second syllable, was the char-
acteristic response to a student's complaints or observations. Tte soon
accustomed ourselves to the instructor's quaint peculiarities, and also
to the gory lab work. After mangling a frog, and then a lobster, we got
to the point where it became a perfectly naturel custom to devour lunch
without gastric mishap while dissecting an oversized pickled cockroach.
Say, do you know Sam? Tihy, he was one of the best chem teachers
we ever had mo.de the acquaintance of. Still, as a means of maintaining
chemical pence, equipment waa •tewed away in lookers as soon ;s Sam ap-
peared within a twenty -foot radius, and mass emigration to the balance-
room or the hood began instantaneously. Stragglers ruickly emptied all
test tubes, turned off all Bunsens, and started washing even the clean-
est equipment. But don't get the wrong impression. He thought fondly of
Professor Liberman, even though just one studied look from him did make
us slash our wrists tdth b broken beaker. He merely endeavored to avoid
the inevitable question: "Do you know Tfftp.t you're doing?" the answer to
which would have caused a rapid depopulation of the realm of chemistry.
It is probable, to say the least, that the master wouldn't have approv-
ed our side experiments, such as the manufacture of synthetic meatballs
from ferric hydroxide, or the technique of vaporizing solutions to dry-
ness in a Gooch crucible. Sam never did get over his feeling of impend-
ing danger after one wit put nine drops each of hydrochloric, sulfuric,
and nitric acids on a crucible cover, heated it to 350° Centigrade, and
then waved the fuming liquid overhead in the laboratory to imitate sky-
As if he didn't care pny more about living, ( and no<< with thor-
oughly destroyed nasal mucosa), Professor Liberman permitted us to take
iuantitative Inorganic Analysis. After spending et least three weeks on
calibrating our weights, and le&rnint; the differences between a balf.nce
and a scale, we were subjected to the principal principles of gravimet-
ric analysis. It was fortunate for us that simultaneously the peculir.r
havits end customs of the gremlins Tre.re studied in\eneively. The grem-
lins, and their cousins, the chemlins, provided the only logic;! answer
for our getting results which had an tverage devit tion of t proximately
seven hundred parts per thous;nd. After our in^rouuction to volumetric
analysis, *e took a very scholarly interest in guessin e the volume of a
drop. This estim.tion was essential when we went past an end-point (the
change from an orchid-pink to ;: salmon-pink was particularly aifficult)
and titrated beck from an eye-uroppcr. The Ignoble Order o: Uncon: cious
Slopimetrists was en exclusive organisation, to which only the >vorst of
students could belong. Mere sloppiness mctnt nought. For membership, it
was necessary to drop a new set of weights not more than one hour after
calibration, break at least five articles of glassware in one big crash
(two tared weighing bottles and two crucibles at constant weight, rest-
ing in e desiccator was proscribed), go at least 10 cc. past a phenol-
phtalein end-point, pour half a liter of recently stand^rdizec 0.107854
normal silver nitrate into a bottle containing an unknov.n volume of re-
cently standardized hydrochloric scic (C.C9o^7£ N), and do at letst two
original stunts. The dues were ten broken bet-Jeers p-~r year. Needles3 to
say, the members of the I.O.U.E. are today Disking a name for themselves
in the chemical world. (There is no adequate existing name).
As every constipated person eventually does, we took Physics. In
the little laboratory hidden away on the second floor there were innum-
erable joyous moments afforded us. Under the gentle supervision of Pro-
fessor Abe Taub, we gloried in the wonders of the amazing oscilloscope,
the colorful polATiscope, the Geigjr counter (the one with toothbrushes
and a clerk behind it), and the spectroscope. Mr. Anzelmi was a highly
valuable assistant, especially for the periodic electrocutions. Gee, it
was something marvelous how he was able to mark the exams by looking at
us . We built up a capacious reservoir of knowledge, learning that Sound
waves do not necessarily originate in the vicinity of Long Island, and
that light Saves are ju6t as attractive as heavier ones.
.7e had hoped that our sufferings would have been deemed complete
but instead the faculty decided to give us some additional try-outs and
so we struggled onward to our Junior Year.
V7e learned all about ringing cash registers and the difficulties
in trying to swindle insurance companies from Professor Freddy Lascoff .
During the initial semester of pharmaceutical jurisprudence, before the
orange moustache of Freddy's was flourishing, it was still possible to
pass any examination by repeatedly emphasizing the importance of taking
inventory. Next semester, after the Fuller brush had disappeared, and
the upper lip was naked, a student had to emit a sufficient quantity of
hot air to keep the upper lip comfortably .varm, or fail miserably.
In Manufacturing II we became accustomed to taking six weeks per
preparation, and learned of the economies of preparing ten times the a-
mount called for. Our having to answer fifty How's, fihy's, and V,nich's
every week forced us to learn either the pharmaceutical reasons in beck
of every motion, or the usefulness of carbon paper. Dr. Brown, who suc-
ceeded Professor Amsterdam as our foreman, had us each deliver a learn-
ed dissertation on a pharmaceutical topic. T/e each worried so much over
stretching out the speech to twenty minutes, that after actually taking
forty minutes we were less than htlf through.
We never thought of cutting Dr. Itedden's Physiology course, and
so we did it without thinking. The thyroidectomy, plastic surgery, and
Caesarian films we were shown happened to precede the noon meal, giving
a clue to the outcropping of malnutrition cases. One day the "Doc" ask-
ed us where heme goes — so we stayed up that night and followed it. We
also learned from the good doctor that the "Telltale He; rt" was a mr.rk-
ed ace .
Mrs. Redden, who took over the First Aid lessons, mu'.'t have been
remtrk^bly humorous — somehow she always had us tied up in knots. She
taught us the proper use of triangles to prepare us for parenthood. Al-
though it may se'.m strange — -hen we tried to demonstrate the -^plica-
tion of First Aid for a dislocated hip to a perfectly normal volunteer,
he always wound up with a dislocated hip.
Pharmacognosy with Professor Pokorny served to enlighten us fur-
ther as to the wonders of Mother Neture. He gently broke the news that
all stone cells are not for criminals; that pints, too, have htir pre-
sent on their stems; and that st; rch is a highly polymerized polyhydric
compound, produced photosynthetically as a result of the catalytic ac-
tivity of chlorophyll. The prof's twenty-minute exams were easy to pass
if one took one's time (two hours), and it was generally conceded that
his lectures were remarkably conducive to relaxation. Besides that, he
was a card. Did he ever tell you what the andraeceum s^id to the gynae-
ceum? Heh, heh. "Lay that pistil down, babe."
The course to end all students was Organic Chemistry. The labor-
atory work itself was very pleasant, in spite of the occasion;. 1 explos-
ions. In fact, one of the beautiful memories of the laboratory was fur-
nished by a classmate doing research for a munitions factory.... Ke had
mixed some ordinary ether, instead of anhydrous ether, with some metal-
lic sodium, realized his mistake, end thrown it all down the sink. Soon
an exquisite scene of flame3, shooting in all directions underneath the
floor along the drainage channels, left us all impressed vrith the pos-
sibilities of Chemistry. The lectures were nothing to complain about; a
remark by Dr. DiSomma was the only thing that could disturb us and then
only when he gently said: "I don't mean to be critical, but I would be
V9ry much pleased if the gentlemen in the back would stop snoring." If
the lectures were nothing, then the real knock-out punch were the tests
and the ratings that coincided with the daily temperature in the labor-
atory. The marks seemed rather unfair; after s.li, who could say that an
equation we had written would not have occurred at ten billion degrees
Centigrade in an atmosphere of pure Radon gas? Finally, after subduing
our too - ctive imaginations ( end doing a "little" studying ), we mana-
ged to pass the subject.
And, having journeyed this far on the unbending road of educat-
tion, our little band, now reduced to eight, decided to continue, though
it meant many blisters on soles and souls.
Our tctivities in lispensing II, seemed to us an endless routine
of pills, suppositories, end emulsions. We learned that physical, chem-
ical, and therapeutic incompatibilities were not grounds for divorce and
that a mortar does not necessarily set off explosions. Vie experimented
enough witn acids and carbonates to successfuljy opertte a drug store's
soda fountain. The early-morning pep talks doctor Bro^.n gave, did much
to enripen us in the performance of our chosen profession.
Doctor iimmer hi c the unenviable tack of shoving enough N.F. and
U.S.P, down our throats so vc would be- able to regurgitate at lee6t 75?
when t--*king the State Boards. Occt isionaHy (every day or two), Dr. Wim-
mer would give a quiz in which he v;ould ask up such simple questions as
"what is a seven-letter synonym for the third word on line tvrenty-eight
of page 79 of the U.S.P. XII?" or "if a pharmacist received a prescrip-
tion without the adejejs of the patient on it, wh.- t reference -book will
he use to find out the age of the patient?"
C.?. (Chemically Pure) '.rimmer enhanced our educttion with weekly
lectures on Juri.s prudence and the theoretics 1 aspects of Dispensing. Yie
found that incompatibilities have four possible results: precipitation,
evolution of gas, change in color, or civorces. The Doctor held us res-
ponsible for Schedule D of the New York State Pharmaceutical Code, lis-
ting e.11 substances, dead or live, which are deleterious, if tt ken in-
ternally, in doses of one pound (apothecary) or ic^_. In discussing the
various civil liws, he revealed that, if a person walks over his neigh-
bor daily for a period of seven years without a compl: irit being regist-
ered, the neighbor nay then be declared c public thoroughfare.
Pharmaceutical chemistry was just what the doctor orocrto end so
was the carbolic acid. Uncer the w;-tchful eyes ol a lb assistant *ith
chilled features, v/e talked the hours f-v.ey, although we were ca p..ble of
finishing the work as soon as no one was looking. Of course, it neces-
sitated the adoption of quite r. few short-cuts. For Instance instead of
determining the boiling-point as a test for the purity of f sample, one
could sfve hours by determining the freezing-point in the balance-room.
Occasionally, the balance-room door was left open and so one of our co-
workers invented a fur-covered 1< b coat. Nothing need be said about the
urinnlysis, except that some of the specimens were received in t fresh,
and warn, condition....
Materia Medic* -*as presided ov^r by Dr. Bollard, who pointed out
the synergistic activities of Faim ana Coca Cole. The "inlormal" discus-
sions did much to enliven the course, and r; nged all the way from Fink-
elstein's delicatessen to the dose of Epsom salt sfter two dozen of F's
frankfurters. Fate was very kind to us when Sne combined our very best
instructor with one of the finest courses ofi'ered in the curriculum.
As though Urterin Medics was not enough of a subject, Professor
Hert insisted on introducing us to the various biologies Is euployed in
Pharmacy and Medicine. Somehow apparently, we never did get used to the
way Prof. Hart pulled her lecture notes right out of thin air, and then
just left it to us to unscramble them. And inv. rirbly she used the sajae
technique for Bacteriology end Public Health. On top of it ell she mix-
ed the courses so thoroughly that, if nothing else, we at least learned
the technique for preparing a malted milk. Although Prof. Hart found it
far beneath her dignity, she had to resort to dragging some individuals
aw97 from the ping-pong table in ord>r to get an attendance of at least
75 %. As to the Laboratory work, if the course would have lasted longer
than sixteen we.ks, we probably all would h^ve come down with a disease
of some kind or other, whether real or imaginary. But nevertheless some
students seemed to be afraid of sputum samples while others backed away
when the time for blood-tests came uro^nd. The -/ay we operated the lit-
tle instruments torn* times made Prof Hart wonder why we didn't slash our
wrists. <le »71 eat-T^ed, however, with only p couple of dozen scratches
on each finger. If the oven in the chem. lab never seemed to work, then
the hot-air sterilizer in bacteriology overworked itself. Hcjrdly a lab.
session *ont by without scorcheo cotton plugs, ~e put the blame en poor
and overworked Prof. Hart and Prof. Hart naturally put the blrjae on the
lab r.ssisteant re didn't hcve. But the result was tnet tarn organisms we
saw under our microscope were almost never the ones we expected them to
Materia Med. was supplemented yet further by Toxicology end Pos-
ology E-nd the way Professor H. Taub gave the course certainly made it a
supplement. If we came regularly to his lectures, even though somewhat
late, it was only because we didn't want to mis; out on any of his hum-
orous remarks and stories which usually occupied the better part of the
lecture, so that, by the end of the term wt rushed like mad to complete
the Posology. Although Prof. Taub repeuttdly kept telling us about the
psychological difference between "no smoking" and "smoking prohibited,"
it didn't seem to bother him to light a clgcrett* right underneath the
conspicuously displayed sign in the Lecture Hall.
If Harry Taub was a fellow who openly meue his humorous remarks,
one had to be very alert to catch them when they ceme from his brother,
Prof. A. Taub. Being perhaps a little more dignified about it, Prof. A.
Taub used to whisper hie remarks in such a concealed way, that it would
take us exactly 9 and 5/4 minutes to catch the meaning. Synthetic Mtdl-
cinals, however, was not a course to joke about and entailed many hours
of painstaking memorize tion. Prof. Taub's matter-of -f a ct voice left us
all wondering whether chemistry was really as tough as we tnought it to
be but we only wondered for a minute. Tie ?rrote down enough carbon atoms
to supply a coal mine for a year, End the sulfa -drug formulae were suf-
ficient to cure us of all the infections we could possibly neve cultiv-
ated in Bacteriology.
And so, dear Posterity, we have finally come to the end of our
journey. Looking back, we find that, with the right interpretation- of
all the above, college was really not such a horrid place, and that our
Faculty was, without exception, Just about the best we could have hoped
for back in 1942. To them, we owe the pledge that we, the Senior Class
of 1945, will carry on, to the best of our ability, the traditions of
Pharmacy and its allied professions....
The Class of '45.
Blood tests -
"tfnat atrks is
the lean giring
A is for the Accuracy Elusive,
B for the Burettes that we have bust.
C is for the Cleanliness conducive,
D Determinations that we must.
E is for the Efforts hesitating,
F is for the marks we soaehow get
G- is for the Guesses permeating
volumetric usage of burette.
H is for the H — 1 we must contend with.
I is for Impossible reactions,
J is for the Jests which somehow blend with
K that is the Kibitzing which rules our actions.
L is for the frequent Lashings verbal,
M is for the Methods all our own.
N is for the Novice chemists servile,
ready to the master to atone.
is for the Oven ever frigid,
P is for the Pulse when he is near.
Q is for the question - caused fidget,
P. is for the Balance-Room so dear.
S is for the Sink we drench with acid,
T is for the Test-tubes never clean.
U is for the hood Under which we're placid,
V for Volumetrist's curse obscene.
W is for the Weighing-bottles broken,
X is for expensive broken glass.
1 heads all the questions by him spoken,
Z is for the Zzzilence of the class.
June 21, 1945.
From a class of forty-two stuaents, six are graduating. From the
thirty-seTen boys originally in our class, three are graduating, v.'ith a
few exceptions all are no>r in the service of Uncle Sai, spread all over
the globe, from Atlantic to Pacific. To trace the where-tbouts of tnese
boys proved a difficult task. It proved impossible as far as the boys,
who left during our freshman and sophomore years, are concerned. Few of
us still remember such students as: Saul Abraham, Man-ay Brevin, Rplph
Brown, Irwin Minaker, Joseph Hakashian, Herbert Ozur, Bernard Phul, An-
dre* Rlcco, Richard Siedenburg, Francis Smith, Joseph Stammer, Samuel
Zager and Herman Zuckman, all of whom are now serving in our armed for-
These were the early draftees; mroiy others were soon to follow.
At the beginning of our freshman year our cl: ss was deemed Largo enough
to be split up into two sections, but before the end of that v?ry same
year, the remainders of the two sections were combined and even then we
only numbered about twenty.
But it was in that very first year that we were affordec some oi
our most pleasant experiences, mo~t of them in the laboratories. It was
that year in Pharmacy l n -b, that Professor Amsterdam sudaenly decided to
test the citrate of magnesia solutions we had prepared, ... and we were
the guinea pigs, iach and everyone of us was forced to drink (at least)
half a bottle (approximately 175 cc. or almost a full doso) cf the sol-
ution before being allowed to leave the laboratory, _ven then, we must
have- been excellent pharmacists, because without exception Bra experien-
ced the uncomfortable after-effects. Our prof pulled another one of his
hilarious "Jokes" when Bernie Paul made i "slight" error in calculation
and prepared pills, three times the size they were intended to be. Be-
fore the three-hour period was over, Bernie rushed out of the lab with
a writhing face: Professor Amsterdam h^d thought nothing of it to make
the poor fellow swallow some of his horse-3ized pills, which, incident-
ally, happened to be Lady t'febster's Dinner Pills - dosage: 2 pills (or-
It was Bernie Paul again, who in Dr. Luthin's class decided that
another repetition of the mercantile system was unnecessary and happily
dozed off, leaving earth and mercantilism far behind. He remained unno-
ticed by Dr. Luthin, until his snoring made it quite impossible for the
good Loctor's voice to carry more than a few inches.
Aside from a few accidental fires and gas poisonings, nothing of
importance happened in Inorganic Chem. Real experiences in chem lab re-
ceived our most careful attention in all three succeeding years. But e-
ven so Mr. ^nzelmi and his assistant, Mr. Sell, had quite a time intro-
ducing us to our new vrorlG of atoms -md ions without any casualties.
<+H«,it lively moments. The few of US
Nor was the Sophomore year ****** JgJit. There .as among
ttot were left «oaged to create ^£ e £ owers t0 Professor Pokomy's
others O.eanor Start: who usually brougat u otfaer stiruD8 ^
Botany lab and one day tod some V*££* *£, not at .11 snthusi-
herbs, much to the regret of ^^^racteristic.. (i.t. tto- poison
astic about PO^-f^^.^vS had the habit of calling over Bob-
ivy's, not Sl*anor's).Sanay ^^novic oa ^^ ^ ^
fc Utin. our Cicero -J ™g«g#£&£S& Stt
^translate a passage from the Aeneid.
m so we turn to Chemistry-^ ^^^J^cfe
thiBgs were apt ^J^J-lSlilSoSSite S open/by force i gla»-
citement, Seymour Sawada tried ^ D0 ^° **» * he veins ^ capillar-
stoppered bottle broke its neck and opened^ ^ ^ *
ieS of his banc ^^^'f^een minutes to reassemble the shreds and
b^ fallen in love with the nurse.
* mutative a new h «^~ ^^^S.IS* £S£
OT sulfate dete«inat^sbef ore getting an^res ^'^.^ ^
ly half the term was over before he s ep simil ._, experien-
of dozen determinations . Some of us were zo
ces in Senior chem.
« tops of all l*bs «^3S-SrSJS?lSS enu.:"
Stanley Gottheim tried his ^^^^^^gf ^ougn!
repeated Seymour's -P-g-*'"^!* n0 nurse! J.ck de Vries howev-
a^Vs patched up in school. j°»£«££J5 ^ ert ery of his index fin-
er, succeeded but had to re ^tt° l^uSed and the sight of it was am-
ger. A beeutiful fountain of blood ^suitea x ^^ ^
leto excite Dr. DiSo-ma to rush ^^JSuaner^f-the^taircase, set
heaTreco^^ftiS £5aS£. -re was a nurse and she wasn't
<■ *v,= «mc+ hilsrious moments in Orga-
F*y Weinstein belived one of *" "J*"* ^ 1 ? he flo0 r. Hr*. »-
nic lab when he spilled a ^ s g e X Jecture on cleanliness.
Comma happened along, and started t^JLaTth. mess up. And that's ex-
i^n^r- s ^r^ .,« « — it., before
he was through her stockings were splashed with the muddy v/ater and Ray
himself was laughing his head off at the sight of It. Just what nark he
would hare received If he hadn't been drafred that same term will never
Apparently, Dave Frolich deemed that the atmosphere on the sixth
floor wasn't quite thin enough and he insisted on setting up his appar-
atus in aid-air. In spite of his length he hid to stand on a stool when
running an experiment with an elaborate set-up.
Eleanor Stark must have had a moment of color-blindness when she
mistook the color of a picric acid solution for green, her favorite and
only color, and spilled a concentrated solution of the reagent over her
hands. For the next two days she had to wesr garments that matched with
Have you ever seen someone's hair stand on end? Seymour Zawanda's
did after the ether on his desk ignited. It was the result of an origi-
nal experiment and proved somewhat hazardous.
One ether experience was not enough, or so at least thought How-
ard Hoffman. He first poured an ethereal solution down the sink and on-
ly a few minutes later threw away a burning match, which "accidentally"
landed in the same sink. Within a matter of seconds, the drainage chan-
nels of the surrounding areas were spitting flames. On another occasion
Howard put some metallic sodium in the sink ... and washed it down with
some aqueous solution; it proved to be an excellent source of light and
heat for the otherwise freezing Chem lab.
It was in First Aid that we finally discovered the presence of a
Burlesque Queen among our weaker sex when Mrt. Redden wanted to show us
the position of pressure points and told Helga Tiellnen to unbutton her
blouse for a practical demonstration. Gypsy Rose Helga' s face soon res-
embled a tomato and the boys were stretching their necks in e vain and
purely scientific (?), attempt to find out if she really were such tom-
Stanley Cottheim will most likely remember First Aid as the time
when he got so tied up that he couldn't move an inch without simultane-
ously moving half the furniture of the room, &nd Dave Frolich will most
certainly remember his wrestling match with Mrs, Redden (who supposedly
was giving a demonstration) from which he emerged limping.
Nothing much happened in Eco, except for the time when our claes
decided on a mass cut. Prof .Lescoff didn't like the idea very much end
went straight to the Dean's office. Sure enough, the next morning, Dean
Ballard gave us a lecture on conduct and in s pleasant voice and with a
smiling face told us that if such an event occurred again, each and ev-
eryone of us would be suspended for a few days. Vie decided not to give
him a chance to prove it. But all this was nothing compered to the time
when Betty Scheie told Prof. La scoff what she thought of his course and
his methods of teaching.... And it is safer not to repeat their conver-
'••ith a spirit to t exceeded our numbers, we struggled on towards
our Senior Ye&r. Our class was too smt.il to have any deleterious effect
on the morale of the Ft culty but we somehow rn.iu.ged to leave a few sore
There was, of course, as always, our chemistry lab. ;'.s mentioned
above, some of us wasted quite a lot of time on the first few determin-
ations. Hoitard Hoffman did at least a dozen tartaric ecic tests on sev-
eral staples and Jsck de Vric-s repeated so many aspirin determinations,
that the result was a headache ... anc an "F" on tne cample. Even Prof.
Ballard was at a loss to account for the sudaen change in the therapeu-
tic qualities oY the popular headache : 'remedy. n Lvery once in a while a
perfect solution to an ever-growing problem is found. Few are as unique
as Barbare Bernstein's fur-cort to combat the tempert ture in the libor-
atory, and this new type of lob cost constantly reminued us of the fact
that we were in about the same stratosphere as airplane pilots.
Bobby Bernstein has otner and le6s pleasant memories of the Sen-
ior Year. At one time, *hen Prof. H. Taub wrs lecturing ebout emetics,
6he probably became somewhat hypnotized. The suggestion of emetics was
promptly followed by tho characteristic pallor of the face and i suduen
dash from the Lecture Hall.
One day Sandy ;ronovic attached strings to the skeleton standing
in the Lecture Hall and in the middle of Prof. A. Taub's course in syn-
thetic medicinals the bones started to rattle. Unfortunately Prof. Taub
is not of a frightful nature and the desired effect wus not obtained.
Bacteriology and Becteriologicpls rere our final blow. <Ve would
not have lasted much longer. As usual, Dooly wis one victim, this time
with the sputum samples. The fear of T.B. (present in a pathogenic con-
dition) was sufficient to bring tears to her eyes, cesp-ir in tnose of
Prof. Hart and resulted in a temporary sit-dov.-n strike on Bobby's part.
Betty Schein fnd Gertrude Chow joined forces when blood smj^rs were be-
ing Dade j it was just too much for them to delibera+ely cut themselves,
and than squeeze out the drops of blood.
Through all tnis, dear Posterity , we h ; ve lived and suffered to-
gether, ... but nevertheless we h>d a swell time. The tides of time are
slorly drifting us apart now, each to our own destiny. But moments like
these will repeat themselves, in some ./ay or another, and hill serve to
bring us closer together again. WE are many, our MEMORIES are one, the
memories of . . .
The CL«SS of '45.
ELEANOR R. STARS
Congers High School
CUCP Activities: Secretary A. Ph. A.
mcknoMct XL, Veronica, St* Eleanor
SUFCRD X. ARC1KVIC
Delta Sigma Iheta
Co-Captain, Table Tennis
Lion's Roar (3)
Nicknaaest Sandy, Genius
TSEHG HKA CH017
CTCP Activities: A.Ih.A.
Hicknames: Oertrude, Gertie
. . BE 1e VilIES
Rcr ■ ••\ieum of Berchem, Antwerp
Activities: Vice-Pres. A.Ph.A.
Student Covin cil Rep. (3)
l ion's Roar (3)
Co-Captain, Table Tenr.is
Act. Pres. Student
NicKnaraes : Jack, St. Bernard
TTIIJ IAJ ". WONG
CUCP Activities: A, Ph. A.
Class Dispatcher (u)
High School of Science
>. Ic : A. Ph. A.
iec. Student Council (3)
Delta :ii*ma fheta
s. Student Council (':)
BETTT SCHEIN CRAVKIN
Bmter High School
CUCP Activities: Lambda Kappa Sigma
Student Council Her. (U)
Secret ary Student (U)
miton High School
CDCP Activities: Lambda Ka^# ~lg»»
StadUnt -ouncll P«p.
Who knows what this i*. Probably
stupid college ga«».
The nntt-lw TMa of V>\£— imrrUm,
Coprllee, Aronorle, and Jaffej Hattmmn
Leet-utf of the A. Ph. A. student chapt<
of the liem Tork Colleges of Pharmacy
Li's. Betty Schein Chavkin In a
sweet, Informal pose at home
Loon - junior 1£ m K- m cuss
Depleted WMK trebly la number*, but not In spirit, we baT« en-
oar Junior Te*r. Almost at once, thoughts are affectionately, mad
YiYicij, farougat to oar aind of so aany of our elaaaaates who, aa a re-
sult of toe existing military exigency, bare been called froa oar aidsV
and are now scattered among the far-flung battlegrounds of the world.
And it is to those foraer aeabers of oar class that our thoughts
turn and our activities are dedicated.
Looking back to our Fraabaan courses, we find that aoao singular
classes are not to be forgotten for a considerable length of tine.
Fbaramcy laboratory iaaediately brings to wind Constsntine Basil
Paperasiliou (whew.), who seeaa to nurse a particular dislike for appa-
ratus. With beakers, bottles, and caustics sailing haphazardly through
the air around Pappy's desk, we, who work near hia, amst always be sura
our insurance premiums are paid up.
(Delirious to surrounding pitfalls we innocently dashed onward to
the Sophomore year. Ingenhuett's "chemical" German left us — »n»g Our
lips. Re now had a thorough(?) knowledge of chemistry In German but un-
fortunately Dr.DiSomaa insisted that all answers to hia queries be giv-
en in English.
Enriched now by a knowledge of the been and flowers, as imparted
to us by Prof. Pokorny and steeped in the traditions of the fine art of
butchery through the courtesy of Doc Balsey, we have entered our Junior
Papavasiliou has risen to new heights of political glory by his
unanimous election us class President. Hpwever, hie battle with labora-
tory apparatus continues unabesed, baring been given new impetus.
The President's right hand man is handsome Joseph Langerspacher,
Student Council representative, A. Ph. A. President, and Wall Street ty-
Two welcome additions to our class are: Milton Cohen end Helga
Tielinen. The latter, by her studiousness and efficiency of Banner has
already shown herself e credit to our class. Kilt Cohen, the super-sci-
entist, is at present engrossed in metaphysical cogitations in order to
invent a 5.0 Kg. analytical balance rider, not being content to rout on
his laurels as one of the originators of toe squtre pill.
The answer of our college to the problems, perplexing toe future
course of the Pharmaceutical profession is Normrn L. Schulmtn, the ben-
zedrine kid. Kith the aims in nine of lessening the load on rharmrcl ts,
Schulman has, for the past year, been derlsing shortcuts for th* '-'.. r .P.
and the N.F. Funny thing they work too. (Dr. Brown to the oontrary).
Next on our list of claimants to glory is Samuel Greenfielc, the
class orator and legal eagle whose hobby is collecting college degrees.
And also wrong those present are: Ityron Slomka, "Colonel n Phil
Po6off, the Headless Horseman from the South, jjiq Eugene Toss, the quiz
kid; Arlene Sinder, the belle of the Junior class; Ira Blae, the "Scho-
lar," a deserving title for a studious lad.
With our minds replete with recollections of smoke bombs in the
halls and H, S bombs in the laboratories, ne now look forward to the fi-
nal year of study, social events, and tradition breaking.
UPPER - SOPHOMORE
One year, three Months, and 16.it days ago, another class entered
C.U.C.P. As time and 00097 rire pasring on, each one of us is only sorry
for tragic mistakes we h&ve Bade. Since it is quite difficult to give a
vivid description of our class as a whole, here are the individuals:
Fred Caprilest Coopered to the way he dresses, soot suite are mild.
Milton Cohen: "Could you please repeat that?"
Morris Jackson: Khan he isn't playing ping-poag (or at least trying to)
he's fighting with Juniors; some one ought to toll hia that it is
Jacqueline Jacowitzt lou all don't realize how ouch we appreciate ha Tin'
you with us.
Martin Jaffe: The four-letter man of the class.
Helen Lander: "Please keep away: I'm engaged."
Lore Livingston: She's swell even if she did put water into some of our
Perry Moore: "Vihen I was a child of 35, that was very funny."
Velerio Nuccitelli: Good things always come in smell packages.
Lou Serlen: Someday he'll find out that classes are made for purposes,
other than cutting.
-ic was often repeated when we fophoaorai •*'.
our •nraial party.
.hch one of ui raoalli to* In*.. c u F: . »■ (Ivm tagr
-r. i-«per wno explained not only the bet a* ) Out lt» tr.aory
anc calculations as well. It was Dr. "Ibs. , ,t« u* t com:
on Pharmacy — always stressing that it is e Profession in tvery sc;
..long came Dr. Brown's lib. Rememcer w.-.fcn j_c co< tt *tre mi
everything in the laboratory seemed so v^ry clever? Rill *e ev- r forget
that enjoyable summer afternoon spent in preparing Blue Ifess?
But it was in It. Fialkow's Math Class that hidden talents were
first revealed. Certain citizens perfected long r^nge vision and a re-
search group concerned with the intricacies of cig-rette paper division
was headed by guess who.
Somehow, It. Luthin, our history instructor, lwayg lookec »nead
to meeting our class since we proved his theory of f-uuents at our col-
lege becoming progressively worse with the passage of time. Two semes-
ters with ue plus the Presidential returns and It. Luthin suddenly left
the College Faculty.
And so we embarked upon our Sophomore year, perhaps to bring yet
more despair to some members of our hopeful Faculty.
LOWE*- f ,_■ B^ J| CUSS
■• are gathering again on that stage that 1. Colombia
Clleg. of Phermcy. The new Freehmn Cla.e, that la .chedul- U p*-
.ate in 1948, 1b an expression of the sincere faith of ColMfcU «•**•*-
aity in the >en and wo«m of its .uniclpelity. It represent, the —It-
dene, of a great institution In its Intelligence and integrity.
*, ooe knows the role the entering fresh»« of 1945 -ill piny i»
the .arching pa*W of ti~.Io — -» t*~«U. what spirit-nl or mt-
•rial height, the sons and daughter, of the Hue and whit, .hell lay la
the days to coae. But we -ill help try te :erg. a sword of ri4*
ness studded with the richest Jewels of the ages, t«per«l %•
the hardiest usage, and to be wielded by us for all MkiX U the b*V
tie for the right.
The curtain is rising and we who are able to see a little
the fringe into the future will try to use the ar«»rs and weapon.
the erudite and patient staff of thi. college -ill .o graciouOy •*»*
to us and w. will try to fulfill the area., of all those who ha-
if iced, prayed, and planned for us....
DELTA SIGMA THETA
Delta Sigma Theta is « fruternal organisation which hs.s chapters
in medical, dental, and pharmaceutical colleges, largely in the eastern
part of the U.S. Its primary purpose is to bring about a close working
relationship between the three allied healing sciences. This understan-
ding is fostered by the regularity of meetings. These meetings are at-
tended by alumni as well as students of the three profesrions, who fre-
quently brin£ down problems or news of recent developments in their in-
D.S.T* has been t center of social and educational . ctivity, be-
sides proTidin*; ■ basis for later and int-n. professional understanding.
Although BM hi i zrvatXj curt*. lee rll sociti functions D.S.T. has per-
sisted ia holding its 'Zmo'i-.Tb,' bowling parties, and outings. For our
fifty servicemen in the Columbia Chapter alone, Delta Data - a bulletin
that determinedly carries out its purpose of keeping all our fruters in
close informationr.l contact with us and each other - is being published
bi-monthly. Also, on the educational side, D.S.T. has surpassed its
assumed obligations. Members of Delta Sigma Theta Fraternity have prac-
tically unceasingly maintained high scholastic standards.
Howard Hoffman Vice- .'hancellsr
Sanftrd Aronovic Ssribe
1 red Capriles
The "Dante Circle" was esttblished in 1922 under the guidance of
two former faculty members, Prof. Jacob S. Dorfmen and Mr. Dominick Fa-
nelli. The Circle was created with the purpose of furthering social ac-
tivities, promoting a closer bond among the students of the college and
advancing tne interests of Pharmacy.
Annually since 1930, in memory of our beloved Professor of Phar-
macy, the late Dr. George C. Diekman, the fraternity presents the Diek-
man Medal to the student who obtains the highest scholastic standing in
four years of theoretical Pharmacy.
The Dante Circle is the only co-ed "fraternity" here at C.D.C.P,
Prior to the war, it was a very active organization, but due to the de-
crease in the number of students it has become dormant. The Circle used
to h: ve dances at Earl Hall and dinners, followed by sho*6, during each
term as v. ell as small, informal gatherings among the fellows and girls.
If any student is willing to reorganize the Dante Circle, and to
put it on an active footing, he is urged to do so. The details and qua-
lific; tions for membership may be obtained from Miss Helga Tielinen, or
tne faculty advisors, Drs. Vfimmer and Brown.
LAMBDA KAPPA iflGMA
Sigma Chapter of "Lambda Kappa ~igma" was organized by the women
students of Columbia College of Phfrmtcy in 1951. Since that time Sigma
tried to advance tne professional s-nd social ideas for Thich it was
founded nd to furuier tne position of women in Fnarmacy.
AMERICAN PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATION
The Student Branch of the American Pharmaceutical Association at
Columbia University, College of Pharmacy, is by far the most active or-
ganisation. It is tne primary metns by which the future Fhtrmacist will
loaro to express his ideas for the betterment of the Profession. These
ibaas can be converted, with the help of en organized group such as the
A. Ph. A., into realities to raise the standards, influence, public re-
oognltlon, and respect of the Pharmacy Profession. A student who joins
th* organisation, and goes on to become a member of the parent organisa-
tion, la Always kept alert on the latest f« cts in e!1 fields of Phar-
Our activities for tne past year have included movies as wel
talks by well-known lecturers, gatherings with mem'cers of the other Me-
tropolitan Student Branches, bowling parties and a th ^rty. Prof.
Harry Taub took us on a tour of inspection througn the cr.emic&I labora-
tories of the "Bureau of Foods and Irugs of the Department of net ith of
the City of New York." The social season was climsxeo rcolle-
giste dfnee, attended by over three hundred people, on April £8, at tne
Hotel Pennsylvmis . Tae members of the five Metropolitan Studenl
cher entsrea wholehesxtecl*- into the s.irit of Lly jovi . i 'ime.
A Regioru.1 Board of the Metropolitan Student Brer. .. - I
and the C.U.C.P. Student Branch was representee by J. Lan^Lrsjacher and
J.B. de Vries, President and Vice-President, respectively.
After anotner very successful year, tne A, Pn. A. looks again to
working in harmony here at the College and in joint undertakings, i>. r :ich
will be taken by: B.C. P., C.U.C.P., Fordham, Rutgers, and St. Jor-n.
)] [C P '44-45:
D] : ER '4i>-46:
Presiaent: Josepn Langersptcr.t r nuel Ore :
Vice-Presiuent: J. bemari oe Vriee Vice-, re IC ent
ecretary: x-l-tnor atark Secretary: Jotepn . .»er
Treasurer: Roltnc neisenfeld ftrei
Honorary Presicur.t. : T<.vid Frellch, Bernard B*.
Url/ in the spring of '45, Roland Weisenfeld, Milton Cohen, and
Tarasov, at a suggestion of Mr. Weisenfeld, decided to reinstate
lUonal Pharmaceutical fraternity, Rho PI Phi, as an actlre
end social organisation, here at Columbia UniTerslty, College
r. This decision ems based on the fact that these sen had al-
a real friendship aaengst theaselves, and that they re-
I far another social organisation here at school.
the able guidance of Roland Weisenfeld the three set about
i chapter started again. Stmdente who were thought to be of
ssesseejy to carry on the traditions of Rho Pi Phi cane to-
nal n strong naolana of ass vara fathered in a Conclave together
with let* chapter of St. John's UniTerslty. all were formally initiated
by toe St. John's nam on Friday , erening, May 25th, at the Hotel Eapire.
meetings, the membership formed several committees
officers were elected. Ik is significant that there is no
as am Inactive asntir in the Gamma chapter of Rho Pi Phi be-
fratemity, which includes three war veterans, is wor-
towards its goals i life-long friendship, service to
and country, and the elimination of prejudice from the "Pharmacy
Professor A. Taab is the Faculty Father.
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